King Arthur

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Always thought to be a myth, the legend of king artur is based on a real hero, torn between his private ambitions and public sense of duty. A reluctant leader, arthur wishes only to leave britain and return to rome. Before he can, one final mission stands before him and his knights of the round table.


Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 40696429
UPC 786936242836
UPC 14 00786936242836
Format DVD
Release Date 4/8/2012
Rating Rating
Period Piece
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Combining the historical appeal and epic sequences of films like GLADIATOR and BRAVEHEART, director Antoine Fuqua (TRAINING DAY) and producer Jerry Bruckheimer provide a sleek twist on the King Arthur legend. Arthur (Clive Owen), a brave Roman/British Christian warrior who leads his band of pagan knights on missions for the Empire, must complete one final mission before the knights can earn their freedom from servitude and Arthur can return to Rome. Along the way, however, Arthur realizes that the pullout of the Romans will open the door for a crushing invasion of Britain by the Saxons, and he takes it upon himself to fight with Merlin (Stephen Dillane) and Guinevere (Keira Knightley) for the freedom of the British people.^Stunning battle scenes with extensive attention to historical detail rely very little on computer graphics and instead use intricately realistic props, costumes, and scenery. Featuring the largest film set ever built in Ireland, KING ARTHUR features a scale replica of Hadrian's Wall and two complete villages. Haunting music by composer Hans Zimmer completes this story of unselfish heroism, which ultimately provides a satisfying completion to the legend of Arthur and his knights.
Entertainment Weekly "[Knightley] advances her sylph-of-the-moment winning streak..." 07/16/2004 p.52-3
Antoine Fuqua
Stellan Skarsgaard
Clive Owen
Keira Knightley
Cast & Crew
Antoine Fuqua - Director
Clive Owen - Actor
Conrad Buff - Editor
Dan Weil - Production Designer
David Franzoni - Screenplay
Hugh Dancy - Actor
Ioan Gruffudd - Actor
Jamie Pearson - Editor
Jerry Bruckheimer - Producer
Joel Edgerton - Actor
Keira Knightley - Actor
Mads Mikkelsen - Actor
Ray Stevenson - Actor
Ray Winstone - Actor
Slawomir Idziak - Cinematographer
Conrad Buff, IV - Editor
David Franzoni - Writer
Hans Zimmer - Original Music By
Maire Brennan - Original Music By
Ned Dowd - Executive Producer
Stellan Skarsgard - Actor
Yann Biquand, et. al. - Art Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
Catalog ID 35979
UPC 00786936242836
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 126 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review For a lavish Jerry Bruckheimer production that claims to get at the dirty truth behind the legend of
Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 5
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review This new "King Arthur" tells a story with uncanny parallels to current events in Iraq. The imperialists from Rome enter England intent on overthrowing the tyrannical Saxons, and find allies in the brave Woads. "You -- all of you -- were free from your first breath!" Arthur informs his charges and future subjects, anticipating by a millennium or so the notion that all men are born free, and overlooking the detail that his knights have been pressed into involuntary servitude...The movie is darker and the weather chillier than in the usual Arthurian movie. There is a round table, but the knights scarcely find time to sit down at it. Guinevere is not a damsel in potential distress, but seems to have been cloned from Brigitte Nielsen in "Red Sonja"...That the movie works is because of the considerable production qualities and the charisma of the actors, who bring more interest to the characters than they deserve.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Review What's with all the revisionist mythology at the movies these days? First, Wolfgang Petersen strips the gods from Troy, his lumbering adaptation of Homer's The Iliad. Now, director Antoine Fuqua and Gladiator screenwriter David Franzioni remove the magic--both literally and cinematically--from King Arthur, their dramatically turgid and visually drab version of Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte de Arthur. Although Fuqua (Training Day) stages the battle scenes fairly well, this ponderous and exposition-heavy would-be epic never fully engages you, either emotionally or viscerally, like John Boorman's vastly superior Excalibur (1981). While that film is a trifle overwrought, Boorman's extravagantly imagined version of the Arthurian legend has the narrative sweep and romantic pathos sorely lacking from King Arthur.
Reviewer Tim Knight
ReviewRating 6
DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), French, Dubbed & Subtitled, Spanish, Subtitled, Rated PG13
Product Attributes
Actor Knightley,Keira
Label Buena Vista Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Kirk Honeycut, The Hollywood Reporter An engrossing, highly intelligent reimagining of the legend of Arthur.
Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post By going back to its origins and dusting itself off, the King Arthur story has proved itself to have a very contemporary resonance.
Todd McCarthy, Variety Impressively made and well acted by an exceedingly attractive cast...
Marc Mohan, Portland Oregonian An action film without a completely empty head, and these days, that's as rare as Excalibur itself.
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald ...a large-scale...engrossing tale of valiant knights doing valiant deeds.
Stephen Hunter, Washington Post ...boasts all the hallmarks of the '50s historic epic...

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